Is Amazon Unstoppable? | The New YorkerHave you ever suffered from Amazon sales ranking fever? Each time you look, you pray for the ranking to improve before you check it again in another hour. Some authors even awake in the middle of the night to check their rankings before the sun comes up. And, some of my consulting clients struggle with the problem. It can be addictive to see how your books are performing on Amazon, because they sell more books than any other retailer. However, most people know that an Amazon sales ranking must be taken with a grain of salt. Jeff Bezos guards their secret algorithms like the gold in Fort Knox.
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